Ellisons has announced the appointment of Andrew Fernandes as a Partner in its highly regarded Commercial Property team.

Andrew will be based at the firm’s Chelmsford office in New London Road, where the firm relocated to last year.

Andrew has a wealth of experience in commercial property transactions including the acquisition and disposal of land for residential and commercial development, advising on conditional contracts, options and overage agreements, and acting for both landlords and tenants in the granting and assigning of commercial leases. He also has considerable experience in banking and secured lending, advising banks on a wide variety of secured lending transactions.

Prior to joining Ellisons, Andrew was a Partner at Nockolds, having previously worked in the City.

Commenting on his appointment, Andrew said: “Ellisons is a thriving firm which has an excellent reputation in commercial property and I’m absolutely thrilled to be joining the team in Chelmsford. I’m very much looking forward to working for a firm that provides a highly valued and personal service to a wide range of clients.”

Partner and Head of Commercial Property, Philip Roberts, said: “I’m pleased to be welcoming Andrew, further strengthening the senior management team within the commercial property department. Andrew’s appointment demonstrates our continued commitment to develop and diversify our expertise for our clients, and further build our position in Chelmsford.”

The appointment of Andrew brings Ellisons total number of partners to 30, across its offices in Essex and Suffolk.